Gunman Charged in Deadly Attack on Tenn. Church

Children were performing Annie when attack occurred
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 27, 2008 4:47 PM CDT

(Newser) – A gunman opened fire at a Knoxville, Tenn., Unitarian church today, killing two and wounding seven others before he was subdued, CNN reports. He was later charged with first-degree murder in the death of the first victim. The attack occurred about 10am while children were performing the musical Annie, church members told WVLT.

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"Greg McKendry stood in the front of the gunman and took the blast to protect the rest of us," a witness said of the first victim. Bail for Jim D. Adkisson was set at $1 million, and federal and local law enforcement officers were searching his home, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported. A dozen other people suffered minor injuries and were treated at the church. (Read more church shootings stories.)

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